The Meet the Moment Art Walk on Franklin Street is a new project focusing on civic engagment and social justice messages. The main goal is to motivate Chapel Hill residents to participate in the upcoming election.

Meet the Moment Art Walk on Franklin Street encourages voting, honors political icons

Meet the Moment Art Walk is a pop-up art installation focused on encouraging voter turnout and highlighting various social justice issues. Artists and businesses, such as Epilogue and Mediterranean Deli, have come together in their support of the art installations.


Franklin Street

Franklin Street sits at the northern edge of campus and it is the most famous stretch of pavement in Chapel Hill. Many of the businesses on Franklin Street cater to students. 

Students often rush Franklin Street after a win against Duke in basketball. Chapel Hill’s Homegrown Halloween event, which at its peak attracted nearly 32,000 college students from across the state, is held on Franklin Street.

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An empty Franklin Street on Monday, May 18, 2020. With the new petition, Franklin Street may see a return of people and life without breaking social distancing orders.

Proposal aims to accommodate social distancing, increase foot traffic on Franklin Street

The executive director for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership proposed making temporary modifications to the area during the state's phased reopening, such as using the sidewalk for dining, transforming street lanes into pedestrian lanes and designating spots along streets for curbside pickup. A Chapel Hill resident also created a petition with over 500 signatures to transform Franklin Street's two outermost traffic lanes into a protected pedestrian lane.